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Petronas Research (PRSB), a subsidiary of Malaysian petroleum company Petronas, has teamed up with SEDC Energy to develop technology for micro-algae oil production.

Under the agreement, the two companies would jointly develop algae production technology involving the cultivation, harvesting and extraction of crude algae oil, that would then be refined to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Petronas said on 26 January.

Both parties would also explore the commercial production requirements for crude algae oil, including developing algae strains with high oil content at a competitive production cost, Petronas said.

“We acknowledge the significance of alternative low carbon initiatives as the world transitions from conventional hydrocarbon fuels. It has been Sarawak’s interest to explore as many solutions as possible to mitigate carbon emissions and the collaboration with Petronas in the development of next generation renewable oil can potentially be a game-changer,” SEDC chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Husain said.

SEDC Energy is a subsidiary of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC).